In Japan: Play that Xylophone

japangirlsxylophonejamExperimental musical jam session.  At this live event, these two girls jam away with a circular spinning xylophone contraption and play with a super drum set.

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Glastonbury Music Festival LEGO-style

legolandglastonburyfestivalOne of the biggest live music events on this planet is the Glastonbury Music Festival in Britain.  Now Legoland Windsor Resort taps it’s LEGO model makers to build a big diorama of the Glastonbury music festival.  Over 2 months of work and over 15,000 LEGO bricks were used.  The Glastonbury LEGO scene will be on display until this November 2015.

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Transformers: The Movie, Original Motion Picture Score

TransformersCoverIn the age of digital downloads and streaming music, who goes to the record stores and buys the physical copy?  Well, if you’re an old-school fanboy like me, this is one CD you should definitely buy, The Transformers:  The Movie Original Motion Picture Score by Vince DiCola.  Let’s not mistake these soundtrack CDs for the Michael Bay live-action crap, this is the 1986 animated Transformers flick.  Yes, you should be aware The Transformers: The Movie CD which came out in 1986, but that CD featured all the pop songs like “The Touch” & “Dare” and only a couple of score tracks.  This release features 25 tracks of music score from the movie.

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Rocksmith Summer 2015 Lookbook

RS-SUM15-3Just dropping into clothing racks and shelves now is the Rocksmith Summer 2015 Collection.  Music/lifestyle apparel brand Rocksmith’s theme for the summer is future/retro mixing fabrics and using popular colors from sneakers to rep their summer collection.  If you’re looking for something to rock this summer like graphic tees, hats and shorts, take a look at Rocksmith.

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Viral Video Friday: One Take Drone and Team BABY-G

teambabygIf you’ve into watching dance videos on YouTube or VIMEO, then you’ve probably watched a dance video filmed by YAKfilms.  Yoram Savion and Kash Gaines were Internet video guys, who were also fans of dancing founded YAKfilms in 2008 at the Youth Uprising Community Center in East Oakland.  They’ve created a popular dance channel on YouTube and started not only a national movement, but a global dance phenomenon called “Turfing.”

Now the Internet duo film dance videos around the world and here’s the latest from Japan using a camera drone to film this in one-shot.  Dope jam!

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Legions of Boom! The Filipino American DJ Crews in SF/Bay Area

legionsofboomcoverBefore the MC Jins, Far East Movements and Asian American YouTube music stars, there was the Filipino American music movement in 1990s.  Of course, I should mention the Pop/R&B music groups and artists like Pinay, Kai, Once Vo1ce, Jocelyn Enriquez, Buffy to name a few, but in the genre of DJing – no one dominated with likes of DJ Q-Bert, Apollo and Mixmaster Mike.  They were stars internationally, around the globe mixing and scratching on two turntables.  Published by Duke University Press, author Dr. Oliver Wang takes us on a historical journey and ride in Legions of Boom:  Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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New Cover Tune by Kawehi

kawehicovergarbageMy fellow Retrenders blogger Stevie J told me about this YouTube indie music artist Kawehi.  So a couple of internet clicks away, I found myself watching most of Kawehi’s videos.  She’s a one-woman band and making music.

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Viral Video Friday: The SlumGods of Mumbai

slumdogsmumbaiNo, this isn’t Slumdog Millionaire but “SlumGods of Dharavi.”  This Guardian News short-documentary takes viewers inside the slums of Mumbai, where kids are using breakdancing as a way out.  We follow the journey of 15 year-old Vikram who wants to be a b-boy star.

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Jpopilicious: Utada Hikaru x Evangelion = Music Video

utadahikarucoverIt’s been awhile since I watched an AMV (anime music video) and it’s been a really long time since I’d listened to Jpop.  Before the Kpop domination, I grew up listening to Jpop of every genre and bought crazy expensive import CDs by Jpop acts like Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Crystal Kay, SPEED, D&D, DaPump, Smap, Exile, Mai Kuraki, M-Flo, Do As Infinity, ZARD, MAX, Heartsdales, Orange Range, Every Little Thing, Bonnie Pink, MOVE … okay you readers get my drift, but I digress.  I remember like it was yesterday vacationing in Hong Kong 1999 and I was at a HMV record store, and I picked-up the very first album “First Love” by then 16-year old Utada Hikaru.  I was blown away by that album and played that CD the whole summer on my AIWA CD player.

Recently released is this new music video by Studio Khara and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki featuring Utada Hikaru’s song “Beautiful World.”  Neon Genesis Evangelion fans will jump for joy at this new video featuring new clips and footage from the “Rebuild of Evangelion” films.  And Trivia Pursuit tidbit, Utada’s song “Beautiful World” was used in the 2007 Evangelion:  1.0 You Are [Not] Alone.

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World DJ Sessions: Cape Town, South Africa

mixmagcapetownIf you ever wonder what type of dance music is trending around the globe?  Well this program World DJ Sessions takes you there.  A collaboration between UK magazine Mixmag and tequila maker Olmeca will bring 8 mega dance events featuring the top DJ’s locally.

The first episode of World DJ Sessions takes us to Cape Town, South Africa, where the hottest DJ Culoe De Song is mixing it up.  House fans you listen to this set!

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EDM Coldplay: A Sky Full of Stars

 

askyfullofstarsaviciiThis episode of Beat x Beat profiles a coming together of two music genres:  rock and EDM.  Frontman of Coldplay, Chris Martin takes us behind-the-scenes of the making their song “A Sky Full of Stars” from their latest album “Ghost Stories.”  Coldplay and Avicii each put their magical touch on the song.

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The Big Hero 6 Japan Promo

bighero6japantrailerI’ve seen Big Hero 6 twice already at the multiplexes, so yeah, you can say I’m a huge fan of this animation.  In Japan, Big Hero 6 will get a December 20, 2014 release date, but Disney Japan’s marketing department instead of a usual trailer cut promoting the flick, it has outdone itself with this simple black & white hand drawn animation to promote the film.

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Interview with Indie Jrock band Akai Sky

akaiskycoverThis is a Ramen episode flashback to this summer’s Japan Expo (JX) 2014 in San Mateo, CA.  The Ramen crew caught with indie Jrock band Akai Sky.

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A Guardians of the Galaxy Cassette Tape Release!

guardianscassetteIt’s time to break out your 1980’s Sony Walkman cassette player or cassette boombox.  Marvel Music/Hollywood Records will be releasing a limited edition cassette tape Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack exclusively through indie retailers on November 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSfM0iRLaE [Read more…]

Black Scale x Motown Records

blackscaleladies2Music and streetwear usually go hand-in-hand and this cool collab by Black Scale is with Motown Records.  The iconic Hitsville label gets a nice mini-capsule collection.  The Black Scale x Motown Records Lookbook 1 just dropped this week at the flagship Black Scale NYC store.  Look for the Black Scale x Motown Records Lookbook II this October 2014.

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ANTHEM by Kawehi

onepersonbandI’ve been digging this track for about a week now by the one-person band Kawehi.  This is “Anthem” the new single from her EP Robot Heart.

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Addiction to Vinyl Records: Dust & Grooves

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Just like sneakerheads who painstakingly collect kicks, photographer Eilon Paz side hobby is collecting vinyl records.  Then he had a idea of globetrotting around the world to find vinyl collectors and to tell their story.  Dust & Grooves is a coffee-table book that collects 416-pages of full frame photos, over 130 interviews with record collectors, 12 full interviews, and a foreward by RZA.

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Kpoping K*Con 2014

kcon2014If you like listening to Korean pop music, then this is the event – KCON 2014.  Kicking off this weekend from August 9-10, 2014 in SoCal at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.  The 2014 line-up is way better than last year, that’s for sure.  Look for top Kpop acts like Girls’ Generation, G-Dragon, IU and BTS to lead the charge.  Plus my fave underrated Kpop acts SPICA and VIXX will be there too!  Here is DFLA with a preview of KCON 2014.

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Viral Video Friday: The Ting Tings “Wrong Club”

wrongclubAnother great Ting Tings track that makes you wanna dance on a Friday.  The Ting Tings with the “Wrong Club.”

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Jpop Summit Festival 2014 – July 19th-20th SF Japantown

logo 01This coming weekend in San Francisco’s Japantown is the Jpop Summit Festival celebrating all things awesome and fun in Japanese pop music (Jpop).  The Jpop Summit will also feature a mix of films, fashion, art, anime and food festivals all rolled into one taking place in Japantown and Union Square in downtown San Francisco.  The Jpop line-up includeds Tokyo Girls’ Style, Tomomi Itano, May’n, Kylee and many more.

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Food & Music in SF’s Mission District

djovereasyCelebrate food and music in this happy and trippy music video.  By the musician/teacher DJ Overeasy.  He records the sights and sounds of San Francisco’s Mission District and mixes it up to give us “Mission Foodiez”.

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Avril Lavigne “Hello Kitty”

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Pop singer Avril Lavigne gets in on the Hello Kitty celebration with this annoying dub-step-pop-dance-electro-bad rapping-kawaii-bass pounding, make your ears bleed pop-track.  Is this a “Love It” or “Hate It?”  Vote or just hit the like or dislike button.

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A Look @ the KR x Snoop Dogg 7″ Vinyl

snoopdoggcoverIconic hip/hop rapper and leader of the G-funk movement Snoop Dogg is now “Dunnified” with this Kidrobot 7″ vinyl figure.  Our Ramen host “The Eddie” takes an in-depth look at this Snoop Dogg figure.

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Kidrobot x Snoop Dogg

snoopdoggcoverHip-hop rapper Snoop Dogg is now immortalized as a Dunny 7″ collectible figure.  This Kidrobot collaboration features removable sunglasses and blunt.  The figure is on sale starting today online everywhere or at retail locations.

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Viral Video Friday: Awesome Documentary Opening

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The documentary is “Europe In 8 Bits” takes a look at “chip” music and how it’s growing in Europe.  Many musicians are looking back to old school videogame hardware like NES, Amiga, Commodore 64, Sega Master System, etc and using them to create new sounds.  What catches the eye is the animated 8-bit opening to the documentary.  Here’s a look:

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